After five years in advanced mathematics, Patrick BAUDRY received a Master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the French Air Force Academy of Salon de Provence. He was awarded his fighter...
After five years in advanced mathematics, Patrick BAUDRY received a Master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the French Air Force Academy of Salon de Provence. He was awarded his fighter pilot wings in 1970 and spent the next seven years on squadron duties, flying F 100 and Jaguar strike fighters ; he was assigned to different Air Force bases in France and performed many temporary assignments in Africa. In 1978, he applied for a position as a student test pilot and was sent to the Empire Test Pilot School, Boscombe Down, England. One year later, he was graduated, receiving the Patuxent Trophy awarded to the best foreign student.
He has flown over 13,000 hours (11,000 hours aboard jet planes) logged on 350 different fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft types including 35 combat type (among which Mirage III, Jaguar, Mirage 2000, F15, Mig 29 and Sukhoi 27). Patrick Baudry has also Airline and Helicopter Professional pilot licences.
When in 1980 CNES (French Space Agency) opened the recruiting process for the Interkosmos CNES orbital mission planned for 1982, he applied for a cosmonaut position. He was selected from a pool of 2000 candidates and spent the next two years at the Star City, near Moscow, undergoing the standard training process given to Soviet cosmonauts. He was qualified as cosmonaut-engineer on the Soyuz spacecraft /Saliut 7 Space Station Complex. He participated in the first French-Soviet space flight as back-up crew member. His duties were to perform experiments, including physiological, biological and astronomical research.
On 23rd March, 1984, the first French-American space flight was decided, and Patrick BAUDRY joined the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.
After one year of training, he was assigned to the Mission 51-E and then to the Mission 51-G. The launch took place on 17th June, 1985, form Cap Canaveral, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The main objective of the mission, was to deliver three satellites in orbit. Patrick BAUDRY had the responsibility of a scientific and medical program for French and American research laboratories. After 112 orbits around the Earth, at an altitude of 400 kilometers and at a speed 7.8 kms/sec, DISCOVERY landed on 24th June, 1985, at 14 h 12 UT.
On 1st March 1986, Patrick BAUDRY was appointed to become advisor for manned space flights at Aerospatiale. He was the Test Pilot for the European space plane Hermes, for which Aerospatiale was industrial prime contractor.
From 1993 to 2003, Patrick BAUDRY was advisor for manned space flights at EADS, and SeniorTest Pilot for Airbus Industrie.
Patrick BAUDRY founded in July, 1989, in Cannes-Mandelieu, the first European Space Camp, Space Training Center for the preparation for life in space. In 1990, he founded ACADIS High School, where he is the Chairman.
He is a consultant, expert in Space activities and aeronautics, and a lecturer . He wrote a number of books, about space activities, technics, and humanism.
He is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, a Board Member of the Foundation for Olympic Truce (C.I.O) and a Board Member of the AVU (African Virtual University) , Officier de la Légion d'Honneur, Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, and holds the Médaille de l'Aéronautique. He is Member of the Soviet Order for Friendship among people, Member of the Gagarine Soviet Order, and is Officier de l'Ordre du Mono (TOGO). Patrick BAUDRY was also awarded the American Space Flight Medal and Lindberg Trophy. He is a member of several Academies, including the Association for European Astronauts, the National Air and Space Academy, the International Academy of Astronautics and the Association of Space Explorers.